My Dear John,
A Heavenly Birthday to you.
I love you and miss you very much. It has
been difficult for me not to have you around the house. You have given me love, joy, happiness and four wonderful daughters. I know you are always near watching over me. Our love for each other has no end.
Happy Birthday Daddy. I am thankful for the wonderful father God blessed me with. I miss you so much and love you even more.
This is "Lady" Daddy. Another little girl. She is sweet, gentle, quiet, loving and protective. She enjoys relaxing with us under the covered breezeway just like we use to do.You would like her. She is another one of God's many blessings to us! Love You!
Dad, I think of you often and always with love. I think about how hard you worked and how much you did for the family. I remember things you've taught me and times you've encouraged me, and I see how your wisdom and caring have helped shape my life. I look back on my favorite memories that remind me how much we've always meant to each other and always will. There are so many times when I think of you, Dad, and feel proud and thankful and very lucky you're my Dad!!
Happy Birthday Dad!!
Love and miss you.
Hi Dad, thinking about you as we look at the Golf course outside Katie's dorm. Love you.
I love you Sweetheart. Just thinking about you.
Your loving wife,
Today I heard a song on the radio that I hadn't heard in years called "Something That You Do" by Clint Black.
I remember thinking it was the ultimate love song for a married couple in love for a lifetime like you and Mom.
It's a song about the strength that comes from the certainty of love that allows ones weaknesses to show without fear of being ridiculed.
It's about the freedom they feel to let each other be individuals and still be joined together.
It's about embracing the task of keeping love alive through out the marriage and not letting go.
It's about giving all they have to give to each other.
It's about the true love you and Mom had.
Three months have passed and I miss you very much. Our Chance spent the summer with us.Jane and girls came home to help us get the old house ready for Kathy's Xmas Sale. Chance replaced the old fence and did several repairs around the old place. They too miss you dear. I love you much.
Your loving wife
Not to worry Dad, we had some of your favorites on Father's Day for you: fried catfish, cornbread, hushpuppies, and ice cream. Love and miss you!
My Loving John,
You were with us on Fathers Day in spirit with your loving family. We Miss you so much dear. I love you.
Your loving wife. Dilia
Happy Father's Day!
When I was in 5th grade I wanted a puppy all my own. Previously we had owned dogs but they had been "family" dogs. I wanted a dog so badly I had begun picking up "stray dogs" on the way home from school. I named them all Tony. I was never allowed to keep these dogs and then had to go around the neighborhood ,knocking on doors, trying to find good homes for them. It never occurred to me to return them to the yards I had taken them from.
My Dad was teaching college at night at the time and often talked about "his little girls". Well, one day a student brought my Dad a puppy to give to me. The student had found a litter of pups running wild up in the Oakland hills.
The night Daddy brought my puppy home I was already in my pajamas in bed. I remember Mamma wasn't very happy at all and I was afraid she wouldn't let me keep the puppy. He was in a box yelping at the top of his lungs. He was very dirty, all caked with mud. You couldn't tell it but under all that mud my puppy was black with a white spot in the middle of his chest. His ears looked like the hat the flying nun wore - half up / half down. He had huge paws too. He was going to be a big dog, a fact I hoped my parents wouldn't notice.
I was so happy when my Mamma said I could keep him. Mamma let me bathe my puppy in the bath tub that night and I got to spend the night in the tub with him because he howled loudly when left alone. I stayed awake all that night trying to think up the prefect name for my special puppy. The very next day we took him in for his shots and the vet said he was of the "sporting" breed. A mix - half shepard/ half black lab.
My black dog and I grew up together. We shared many an adventure and were rarely apart. He lived to be a very old dog and I loved him so much. Thank you Daddy for bringing him home to me.
Went looking for Father's Day cards and here's yours. :) Love you!!!
When someone has given so much of himself through the years, it's hard to find a way to say Thanks...But for all the times you took the time, for all the sacrifices you made, and for all the Wonderful Memories you've given our family--thanks, Dad.
You'll always be very Loved!!
Happy Father's Day!!
Love you tons,
I will always have so many great memories of you. Some that stand out in my mind are going golfing with you and my dad and the loser having to buy ice cream afterwards and your love of fried catfish, blizzards, cantaloupe and specials! I will always remember going to the driving range and Katie and I picking the biggest bucket of balls knowing our hands were going to be raw from hitting so many golf balls when we were through!! Even though I probably only knew two out of the countless vocab words you gave me it was always fun giving you are hard time by asking you to use the word in a sentence and arguing over how it wasn't a good enough sentence since it didn't help me guess the meaning of the word! Stealing your cantaloupe always kept suppers interesting for me. Whenever I set the table I would always set the cantaloupe in between us so I could plan my attack. You always seemed to catch me though no matter how sneaky I was! To this day even after Katie's graduation we were taking normal pictures then we would zoom in for a grandpa picture, knowing you would appreciate the close up picture.
The weekend before finals I knew I was prepared for all of my tests! And the thought of bringing you probably one of my best report cards made me so excited!! Because let's face it Katie always got more money than me when it came to report cards haha This time I was finally proud to show this one to you. You passed away the day before my hardest final so to keep me focused my family didn't tell me you passed away until after my last final. Studying that Wednesday night I could feel someone there with me even into the wee hours of the night when the library started to clear out. Knowing someone was there watching over me made me feel confident that I was going to do my best on this last exam. This someone kept encouraging me to keep studying while all of my friends went to bed. After I received the news that you had passed away I was devastated that you were gone and I wasn't going to be able to show you my report card that I knew you would have been proud of. After some thinking I realized that it was you with me in the library that night pushing me to keep studying and to not get overwhelmed. I also know that you saw my report card and that you are proud of me, and you know you helped drive me to get those grades. I know you will always be with me, especially while I am studying to push me to be the best I can be. I miss you grandpa but I know you are always there.
The time we spent together was limited, but very memorable. From the dinner conversations to the driving range golf lessons to the vocabulary quizzes. Each moment was filled with wisdom and experience. I am honored to have been a part of your life. God bless you and rest in peace.
My Dear John.
We all miss you especially me.We had 61 wonderful years together. Many great memories to cherish and remember forever. You are in my heart and soul every day. So many reminders of you around the house to remember you daily. You will always be with me here and in heaven. Your Dilia will care and love you always.
Hugs your Dilia
It doesn't seem a month since your passing. You are with me every waking moment and
you are living still in my dreams. It does my heart good to know you are sleeping peacefully until we meet again.
My Dear Beloved John. We miss you. Our trip to Katie's graduation was not the
same without you. Your grandchildren were all there, Courtney, Rebecca, Katie and Chance. Katie recieved many honors. We miss you at the family dinner and we share many memories of
you dear. It was sad coming home like it was going up to Austin. We love you much and will miss always. God Bless you and all our LOVE ONES IN hEAVEN.
Your loving wife, Dilia
Sending you a very special hug today! Daddy would be very proud of you, as usual you are holding us all up. Daddy, always liked to check on you to make sure you were alright, to see what you were doing, what you needed ... and he liked to just be close. I will never forget how QUICKLY he moved when he decided he needed to go to the hospital with us when you had your eye surgery. He was going to be there - just in case you needed him :)! Know that he is staying forever close now and still keeping and eye on you :)! Big Hug - wish I was home.... but sending you all my love :)!
What a great big sister you are and what a great help you were in caring for Daddy these last couple of years. As we anniverary one month of his passing - I so envy the time you were able to spend with him. When Daddy and I would talk he would always tell me that he did not know what he and mom would do without you. He would always say. "Your sister has her hands full." We all know that he really hated being a burden. I would tell him - "You know Daddy - you have got it all wrong. Us girls talk you know :)! And Jane and I are actually jealous that Kathy can be here with you and spend so much time with you and Mom." I often told him that you -dear sister were the lucky one. I so believe that!!! And you know Daddy - he would grunt and say "Well, I don't know about that!" Anyhow, I love you! Thanks for all you do! A burden of love is a great burden to have I think! And do not forget - YOU take care of YOU:)!
GOOD Morning Family and Friends!
Every Morning I start my day with thoughts and memories of my Dad.
Every Night I end my day with thoughts and memories of my Dad!
I give prayers of gratitude daily that we were all blessed with such an AMAZING Father who gave us an abundance of love, wisdom and guidance.
STILL and always I look to him for guidance and LOVE!!
FOREVER in my HEART and a part of me:)! I dearly hope he knows just how incredibly special and important he was to all of us!!!!
We are dearly missing Daddy. He would have been very proud of his granddaughter Katie, who graduated this weekend. A beautiful and smart young lady - who graduated with a 4.0 average! All his grandchildren were in attendance and we know how much he would have enjoyed getting caught up with them and offering his wisdom and advice to continue to guide them into their futures. We are all doing our best to share Dads lectures with the grandkids:)!!! We know Dad is sending his blessings to us all.
MISSING YOU EVERY MOMENT, DADDY!
To Our Sugar Mill Friends,
It gives us great comfort to know
how much John was loved and respected,
and how he will be remembered
by all the wonderful people he worked with at the mill.
We enjoyed hearing stories of John.
Our heart felt thanks to all of you
who shared memories of our John with us.
The Bone Family
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Ms Adrienne Grintzos,CA.
Dorthy Chandler Herbert, TN.
Alice Amadeo & Family MI
I just had a conversation with Dad and it went as it typically did something like this .....
HI DADDY!!! (always excitement and a smile in my voice when I call home :)!)
He always knew which daughter I was....
He would say "Doll, its a little late and past your bedtime"
Me - "I know and I am trying to get to bed just wrapping up a few things with work..."
Dad - "How are your stores doing?"
Me - "Terrible but working hard"
Dad - "Well, that's not good - you need to work on that."
Me -"How are you doing?"
DAD - groan - "well I am hanging in there" or Ive been better or I feel like I,ve been runover by an 18 wheeler.
Me - "Well, you need to hang in there cause I need you Daddy."
Dad - "Well your Mom and your sister are taking good care of me"
Me - "Well you better behave and listen to what they are telling you" - (sometimes I would threaten not to bake him any rumcake or cherry cobbler on my next visit if I heard he was not taking care of himself)
Dad - "Well you know how that goes - I try"
Me - "You keep trying Daddy"
Dad - "How are the boys...."
Me - updates on whats happening here
Dad - "Let me see if I can find your mother - you know she will be upset with me if she doesnt get to talk to you" (teasing)
Me - "alright Daddy - I LOVE YOU!!! YOU TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!"
DAD - "When are you coming home?"
ME - "As soon as I can get there Daddy!!!" (Best calls were when I had a confirmed date to visit)
Dad - "We will look forward to seeing you - you know I am not much for lengthy conversations on the phone - here's your mother ...."
Of course, there were many other calls when we talked about something specific - news events, I would call seeking advice about whatever - He would tease me and tell me I had earned demerits if I didnt call on a Sunday - didnt matter if I called every day Monday through Saturday - I would still earn demerits if I missed the Sunday call - I remember many phone conversations but most of all I will always remember just the comfort of hearing Dad's voice and the smiles he always gave me....just being my DAD!
Closing with tears - I did not call his last Sunday - I was at a business reception - I dearly wish I could have told him just once more how very much I love him and how much I still need him - one more hug - one more chance to rub his head and give him a kiss ..... One more chance to tell him just how important he was and how special he made my world! Always my Daddy's baby girl!
To Daddy's Favorite Girls :)!
Hi Mom and girls,
I have been making it part of my nightly routine to go and look at the moon before I retire for the night. Something Daddy and I always did when we took our last trip out for the night. I wish I could have had the opportunity to share my country nights with him, the stars and the moon so much more dramatic here....
So MANY things I wish we could have still done together. He asked me once when we were checking out the night sky if I knew all the verses to "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" - this was years ago - probably when I was still in college. Dad of course, knew far more of the poem than I did, but I don't think we were able to come up with all 5 verses.
I googled it tonight and read the poem in its entirety and it really is quite beautiful - please take the time to read it.
I hope it will give you some comfort as it did me. Stars shine brightly at night and even when the sun is shining and we cannot see the stars they are always there. Just like Daddy - he will always be with us and will guide us through the dark when we need him most. MISS HIM so incredibly much but think about how lucky we all are to have been loved by such an incredible man who will continue to light our way. My DAD and always my #1 HERO :)!
A humble man worn down by years;
Clearest sparkling blue eyes now weary,
Wrinkled skin, spotted by the sun
Yet without fears of anything but pain
Prolonged, agonizing pain, suffered by ones he loves.
Unable to prevent the inevitable
He kept them exultant
With a serious smirk
Hidden by dry witty remarks;
He'd huff at the laugh as though it was unexpected
Internally beaming at the joy he brought.
While adored by all that met him,
He would be the last to tell.
A stranger to no one, just a wise man
Brightening a new room now,
Leaving this place a little dimmer.
It's been two and a half weeks since Dad passed away and I've been remembering a lot of the little things we used to do: like riding bikes after dinner to get ice cream in downtown Alameda, CA; car trips where he would ask us vocabulary words that he put into a sentence and if we got it right we would get a silver dollar. :) Calling upstairs in the morning and saying "I don't hear those feet hitting the floor." Teaching us girls how to drive, and talking Mom into letting us drive to out of town games or the beach, because we needed to get the experience of big town (Valley towns) driving; driving back from the grocery store in Harlingen and getting life lesson lectures and he would always say "This is lecture #---" whatever number came to his mind, didn't always appreciate those at the time. :) And calling home after I had moved away and asking how he was doing and he would say "Terrible, but that's normal", he'd talk for a few minutes and then say "let me get your Mother, she would like to talk to you, but she's a little grumpy", with a smile in his voice. So many good memories, you don't always appreciate them when you are young, but once you have a family of your own, you realize what great parents you have. Love you Dad.
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Nolla Fernandez & Family
David & Leslie Longoria
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Mr & Mrs Erasmo Villarreal
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Mrs W. E. Mitchell
Mrs Cindy Cantu
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Dilia,Kathy,Jane and Jenny
I will always remember growing
up and attending school in
LaFeria . My best friend is and
will always be Jane. I always
considered her family my
second family and always felt
at home at the Bone's. As we
grew up together, I remember
And admire how much Mr. Bone loved his girls and encouraged their independence and trusted their
decisions---always with that stern --yet quiet strength-that must have come about with having a house full of women.
He always had time for conversation, a smile, a long chuckle and the threat of putting you to work - in my case it was yardwork or mowing the lawn. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all! My heart is sad
with the news of his passing but I will always remember and treasure my memories of him.
My thoughts and prayers are with you . You have always been there for me!
I lived with Mom and Dad full time the last two and a half years of Dad's life. Daddy had been diagnosed with lung cancer but he was in remission. His COPD was giving him some problems and he was in the early stages of Dementia but it hadn't become a problem yet.
For all that Dad lived a comfortable life. He breezed through chemotherapy and radiation and the Doctors were amazed he didn't have difficulty breathing. His lack of appetite was a big concern. He ate so little. He like eggs, waffles with molasses, catfish, apple pies, chocolate chip ice cream and chocolate covered peanuts best of all.
He also was opposed to exercising unless he was on the golf course, unfortunately he had become too unstable to play and that made him very sad, but he rarely missed a golf tournament on TV.
Mom and I spent all our time with Dad. His favorite TV shows were NCIS and CSI. Oh and he loved to watch Matlock. He graciously watched Westerns too because he knew Mom liked them.
He liked teasing Mom and would go looking for her if she was out of his sight for very long. They enjoyed walking around the house at dusk on the brick sidewalks we had installed. Bird watching was a common past time for them on pleasent days. Occasionally we would go for drives and Dad still enjoyed going to the grocery store but he was dangerous to be around in the electric wheel chair. He would always bring home to Mom something sweet.
Sadly Doctor appointments filled up a lot of our days but visits from his daughters, sons in laws and his grandchildren, always cheered him up.
The last week of his life he felt better, was more active and was good humored. He seems to have a better appetite too.
Mom and I were encouraged.
~Katherine and Mom
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My Beloved John,
We met one summer long ago.
I suppose it was love at first sight.
Were married the following
year,it was 1952,
in my hometown Catholic Church.
We were a military family
and traveled all over the USA.
Along came four beautiful little Bone girls
and we lived happily ever after.
As we promised long ago,
until death do us part.
One Long Journey Together.
Your loving wife always
Delia & Girls,
I will miss John so much. He took the place of our dad when we were growing up & did not have one. I will miss our calls! He always ask about our great grandaughter whom he called his baby. He was a special older brother!
Love to Delia & Girls
Raynel & Everette
My dear cousin & your lovely girls,so sad to hear of your dear Johnny passing away.I would talk to him some when he would answer the phone,he sounded so sweet.I wished we had got to meet him from all the message you all have gotten,what a gracious man he was.He is in abetter place with his dear Beverly,who was there to greet him.So our prayers from all my family are with your family,may peace be with you. Love you all.
Tia and Cousins,
That was absolutely beautiful! What an amazing dedication to Uncle Johnny that was. He was an AMAZING AMAZING man!! He will truly be missed by my family and I. We love y'all and will continue to pray for your healing hearts!
Adam and Kim Bruce
Katherine, My heart goes out to you, your sisters, but especially to my dear Dilia.
Holding you all in prayer. That Bev is there to greet him and wait for all of us is my only consolation. God bless and keep you all in the palm of his hand.
Katherine, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with youtoday as they are every day. We look forward to better times.
Almost as we were speaking of John it seems he has passed. A sad day for sure. We have lost a good friend. Thank you for letting me know.
Dear Katherine & Dee,
So sorry about your Dad's passing. He fought a good fight. May he rest in peace. God bless you all.
Oh my dear Katherine,
This makes me so sad (tears are coming)
but you know . . .I am sure Beverly came to pick him up . . . Bev died on Father's Day . . . and here he dies just before Mother's Day. . . they are making a statement for sure . .
"Don't forget me!"
I never forget . . .
Please give my LOVE to the family
especially your Mom. . .
Hug her from me.
Mom says she is so pleased by what Chance remembers of his time with Grandpa. As am I. We are happy that Dad made such a positive impact on Chance.
Daddy, especially, was looking forward to Chance spending another summer with us. Dad enjoyed helping Chance perfect his golf swing last summer and several times mentioned setting up the golf net in anticipation of Chance's arrival this summer.
I think Dad liked having another man around the house. Despite the fact that he had four wonderful daughters and three beautiful granddaughters whom he dearly loved;
as is the case with most fathers, he had secretly yearned for a son he could bond with - Chance was that grandson.
Chance also gave Dad the freedom of mobility. Dad could leave the house knowing I would be looking after Mom while he and Chance spent "one on one" quality time together behind the wheel, or on the golf course, or at Academy, or the grocery store (Daddy liked to surprise Mamma with something sweet), or visiting a golfing Buddy or whatever. Chance gave Dad the freedom of independence. Very important to Daddy.
Daddy was a teacher at heart and he loved sharing with his children what he had come to value from his life experiences. We all cherished our
"one on one" time with Daddy.
Miss you Daddy!
We love you and miss you Dad.
I just wanted to let you know that I love you and that I will always remember my Grandpa. He always encouraged me to do my best - especially in school and I always loved counting my A's each report card and reporting to him and especially loved the monetary rewards he would give me for each A :)!
I really enjoyed spending time with him - he would always share good stories about being in the Navy- that made me smile.
He was a patient teacher and helped me learn how to drive and definitely helped me become a confident driver with lots of practice last summer.
He said great things and I will always remember that he loved the word "occasionally". He also liked to tell me that "I was a good kid...MOST of the time."
He signed me up for golf lessons and helped me buy my own set of golf clubs. Mostly, I will remember how much he loved to play golf. I would get the best wake up calls on days we were scheduled to go to the golf course - he would say "OK Chance - its time to get up - we've got to go hit some golf balls!!!" - And he was always very happy and eager to get to the golf course. I heard a thousand times -"Keep your head down". One time he told me he was going to tie a rope around my neck and tie my head down...!" He would also tell me to "slow down" on my swing. I am certain I will hear his voice in my head every time I swing a club!
He loved his coffee - and I always got brownie points when I had the coffee pot on before he woke up. He liked to go to the store and enjoyed I think having me drive him there.
I also remember him walking out to the back of the yard once when I was cutting logs and he gave me a "lecture" on safety - lots of little things he did like that always made me feel special.
He loved his fried catfish and I will always be very happy that I was able to fry him up a catfish dinner last visit home. And I loved going to get blizzards with him - his favorite one was the Heath!
I am really going to miss him - he was very easy to be with, and I enjoyed watching Tv and movies with him. He never asked for much and always made me feel loved and like I could do anything -
He would often ask me what my future plans were - and I still do not know yet - but I know I will think about him always and I hope he will always be proud of me.
Hi Dad, we miss you so much! Keep sending us words,Love you!
Katherine, We were so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I remember him as being such a sweet,loving man. Please give your Mom a big hug from us. All our love.
Dilia, We were so sorry to hear of Johnny's passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. We will keep you in our prayers.
Mine and Kenneth's hearts go out to you on the loss of John. Both of you have been and will always be our dearest friends. Have strength through God and I promise he will get you through the hard times.
The girls have left for home
leaving Mom and I alone.
The house seems oddly quiet
with out you in it.
I think the house misses you
as much as we do.
Dear Albert, Thank you for your kind words. Sorry we missed you. Please leave me your number so we can get together. Love Aunt Dilia and Daughters
My deepest sympathy to the family in your time of sorrow. May you find peace and comfort upon cherishing your treasured memories.
We are deeply sadden by John's passing away. He will be greatly missed. I remember talking to him in April while we were visiting the Valley. Great man he was, big loss to his family and friends. John, we will miss you greatly. Again,Our deepest condolences to Delia and daughters. God bless you.
Jennifer I so sorry to hear of your dad passing. My condolences to you and your family. Please let your mom know that I have her and all of you in my prayers. From time to time I tell of that conversation I had with him on the phone. LOL. He was a great guy and I pray for your comfort and peace that he is in heaven looking down on you. Take care my friend and be blessed.
Extending deepest sympathy
For you in your loss.
And hoping, too,
That comfort and peace
May come to you.
Rudy Solano LVN
Texas Oncology Harlingen
We extend our deepest sympathy in this time of sorrow.
A fine man who live by example. His memories will live within each of you and each will carry his hopes and dreams. Not forgotten for his presence will be your greatest gift. My condolences to all of you, may the grace of god walk with you and guide you during this time.
Johnny may be gone but he will never be forgotten in our hearts.
Daddy, It is Mother's Day today. I know how much you were looking forward to celebrating it with Mom and your girls this year. But you are here. Your presence is felt in every room of the house. We love you Daddy and we know how much you loved us. Be at peace Dad - you left a legacy of love. -Your Family.